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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Big three parties agree to hold local polls

Posted by Anup Baral Jan 22, 2017 : Major three political parties — Nepali Congress, CPN-Maoist Centre  and CPN-UML — have agreed in principle on holding local elections and announce election dated within 3-4 days.

The agreement was reached at a meeting of top leaders of the parties called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday evening in a bid to create a favourable environment politically, legally and in terms of security to organise the local elections at the earliest.

The ruling and opposition parties agreed on issues related to local elections, such as, passing election related bills as soon as possible and declaring local poll dates in three to four days, but failed to forge consensus on the constitution amendment bill, according to CPN-Maoist Centre leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

Talking briefly to media persons after the meeting, Shrestha said the government would declare local polls in the next three to four days and prepare to hold polls by mid-May.

The Federal Alliance and the United Democratic Madhesi Front have been saying they will accept polls only after a revised constitution amendment bill is passed.

Nine opposition parties led by the UML have been obstructing House proceedings to stall any debate on the constitution amendment bill.

The UDMF has opposed the report saying it does not ensure population-based representation, which would be disadvantageous for the Tarai region.

The parties also agreed to take initiative to pass the bill related to local bodies, which is under consideration at the Parliamentary committee, through short process.

The Election Commission has been suggesting that laws related to election should be formulated giving a time of at least 120 days from the date of announcing the election date.

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